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Montclair State University’s Commitment to Student Learning

‘Excellent’ means being committed to getting the most out of all learning opportunities and experiences. This is what Montclair State is committed to doing for their students. At Montclair State University, the programs are designed to develop students’ ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge. Students, in their curricular and co-curricular programs, cultivate abilities to think critically, act ethically, and become informed participants in our democracy. It is the ongoing, systematic assessment of specific student learning goals in General Education and academic programs, which informs the University on the status of accomplishing the mission and Strategic Plan, which clearly demonstrate an ongoing commitment to student learning.‌

The assessment of student learning is a fundamental and essential element of the assessment of institutional effectiveness. The Provost’s office supports not only the University’s mission, but also the culture of assessment by its commitment to developing and providing leadership and professional development for student learning outcomes assessment throughout the institution.

The Provost’s Office serves in a consulting role to faculty, staff and administrators to enhance all stages of the assessment process from writing objectives to implementing results.

The Provost’s office supports and facilitates the assessment of academic programs through data collection and analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results and the process of “closing the assessment loop” to continuously improve student learning and programs.

The Provost’s Office strives to:

  • Provide university-wide support for the assessment of student learning, planning, and continuous improvement activities at the course, program, and institutional levels.
  • Educate, train, and support faculty, staff, and administrators in research, assessment, and evaluation initiatives.
  • Gather data to support student learning and division-wide initiatives.
  • Provide information for accreditation requirements and government mandates.

Montclair State University is committed to enhancing its ongoing dedication to the assessment of student learning, which is an essential component of university effectiveness, General Education, and program goals. This assessment is fundamental to achieving the Strategic Plan goals and fulfilling the mission of the University.

Academic Assessment Task Force

To ensure the assessment process is ongoing, the Provost’s Office has appointed the Academic Assessment Task Force, represented by full-time faculty from each college/school and chaired by the Associate Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Dr. Koroleva. The Academic Assessment Task Force meets twice a semester to review, develop, recommend, and monitor institutional assessment policies and procedures with a mandate to streamline both assessment and reporting processes at Montclair State University.

Task Force Members: